Ottawa – ON Rodger Cuzner made the following statement today in the House of Commons paying tribute to the late Mi`kmaq Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy.
Mr. Speaker, flags have flown at half-mast this week in Mi’kmaq communities across Atlantic Canada, with the passing of Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy.
The Grand Chief was first appointed to represent his community as Keptin to the Grand Council in 1968. He went on to serve as Grand Council Chief for 26 years. He served on a multitude of local, regional, and national boards that promoted the Mi’kmaq language and the traditional knowledge of his people.
A residential school survivor, his contribution to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was both profound and inspiring. One of his greatest accomplishments was leading the charge to establish Mawi-damk, a home for adults in his community with intellectual disabilities.
Chief Rod Googoo of Waycobah said:
“He was not only a credit to our race, but to the human race“
To his wife, Marie and daughters, Michelle and Christina, our heartfelt sympathies. Know that Ben’s wisdom, his guidance and his faith will live with us for years to come.
For more information:
Rodger Cuzner, M.P., Cape Breton-Canso
Phone: 902-842-9403 (office) 902-574-1705 (mobile)